Forest Whitaker Launches “Rogue One” Auction For Charity


Forest Whitaker is channeling his own Force for Change. The actor, who portrays Saw Gerrera in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has launched Rogue One-themed auctions to help support his charity, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative.

Fans can place bids on IfOnly (the same place where Harrison Ford auctioned off his Han Solo jacket from The Force Awakens) for four available prizes: two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of Rogue One and the invite-only afterparty, a framed and autographed set photo of Whitaker in character as Saw, a Rogue One suitcase filled with a variety of collectibles, and a Rogue One baseball cap personalized by the actor.

Whitaker also launched an auction on Sotheby’s, offering fans the chance to see a special screening of the film in London and meet the actor at the reception.

Proceeds will go to support the organization, which seeks to “help societies impacted by destructive conflicts transform into safer and more prosperous communities” through various initiatives.

“Many of the wars we see around the world start as domestic conflicts that are fueled by external forces and powers,” Whitaker told Sotheby’s in an interview. “My view is that we can help peace if we help communities transform from the inside, on their own terms. This is where the young people I train and support through WPDI are so important. They can bring about positive change that is based on global awareness, but that remains in tune with local realities.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards and also starring Felicity Jones, opens in theaters on Dec. 16.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly – Nick Romano